A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…
The Kiss Quotient is the very best thing I can think of… a debut novel that kept me up late into the night telling myself “just one more chapter” until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore.
Stella Lane is an intriguing heroine, and one that I believe readers will fall in love with. An economist who studies patterns in consumer’s shopping habits, Stella loves her job and takes pride in her accomplishments within her field. What she doesn’t understand is relationships and intimacy. Her mother and father have let her know that they are more than ready for her to settle down and make babies, but Stella has no idea where to even start with finding a man who she likes enough to date on a regular basis. She has a form of Autism called Asperger’s and struggles in social situations and has a sensitivity to touch and sound. Although she isn’t a virgin, Stella hasn’t enjoyed any of her sexual encounters and places all the blame for that on herself. She wants to learn to be better at sex and intimacy and the only way she knows how to do that is to hire a professional.
During the day Michael works in his mother’s dry clean store as a tailor, but for the last several years he has also been working as an escort. He doesn’t know any other way to cover his mother’s mounting medical bills and keep his family in their home. Michael doesn’t enjoy that part of his life, but he does it because he feels like he has to. Which is why he has several rules he follows, including only working on Friday nights and never seeing a date more than once. That is until Stella Lane asks him to teach her how to be good at sex and now he can’t think of anyone else touching her but him.
Stella and Michael are so great together. He’s patient and understanding and she’s awkward and smart. He made me want to swoon from almost the moment he walked onto the page and into a hotel suite with Stella, I felt an instant connection with this woman who was so intelligent but had trouble understanding simple conversations and interactions, but was determined to figure it all out. Each of them feel like they aren’t good enough for the other, and I absolutely loved watching them fall for each other and realize that they were exactly what the other needed and deserved.
This romance swept me away and I absolutely can not wait to see what this author has coming out next. Final Grade- A
“The sight of their hands side by side on the keys mesmerized Stella. The contrast was stark and beautiful: large to small, tan to pale, masculine to feminine. So different, but in perfect rhythm. They were making music. Together.
If you still don’t believe me, check out this adorable trailer.